Professor documents anti-globalization movement

July 31, 2008

An anthropologist’s first-hand experience in an international social movement forms the basis of Networking Futures: The Movements Against Corporate Globalization (Duke University Press). The new book by Arizona State University professor Jeffrey S. Juris chronicles his experiences organizing and participating in protests from Seattle to Prague to Barcelona.

Juris’ book provides an ethnographic study of anti-corporate globalization movements. From his base in Barcelona, he followed their connections and movements around the world. A critical component of the workings of these movements, Juris found, is their use of technology.

“Because they use tools such as email lists, Web pages and free software to organize actions, share information, and coordinate at a distance, anti-corporate globalization networks have become models for emerging forms of directly democratic politics,” Juris says.

“These groups don’t need complex hierarchical structures to spread their messages or organize actions.”

The effects of this new type of political activism are evident in such examples as the influence of and the success of the Barack Obama campaign at online fundraising, Juris says. “Through the same types of technologically driven mechanisms, protests are now being planned for the Democratic and Republican conventions, so it will be interesting to see what the scope of these protests turns out to be,” he says.

Juris participated in the November 1999 protest against the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. “I had never seen anything like it – thousands of protestors in the streets, confronting police and tear gas,” he says. “I knew immediately that I wanted to study this phenomenon.”

In 2001 and 2002, Juris took part in the Barcelona-based Movement for Global Resistance, an influential European anti-corporate globalization network. His experiences participating in hundreds of meetings, gatherings, protests, and online discussions form the basis for Networking Futures. In the book, Juris documents how activists are responding to growing poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation while also building social laboratories for the production of alternative values, discourses, and practices.

George E. Marcus, co-author of Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary, describes Networking Futures as “a terrific, deeply informed ethnographic account of the origins and activities of the anti-corporate globalization movement. Juris’ identity is as much that of an activist who happens to be doing first-rate anthropology as vice versa, and there is much for anthropologists to reflect on in the way this work is set up and narrated through these dual identities.”

Juris is an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences in the" target="_blank" title="ASU's New College">New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, located on ASU’s West campus. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Juris’ research and teaching interests include globalization, social movements, new media, violence, Spain, and Mexico.

Juris also is a co-author of Global Democracy and the World Social Forums. Most recently he has conducted field work at the United States Social Forum, and he is carrying out new ethnographic research on grassroots media activism and autonomy in Mexico City. Download Full Image

Women's gymnastics announces the hiring of two former Olympians

August 1, 2008

Arizona State women's gymnastics head coach John">">John Spini announces the hiring of two assistant coaches. Jamie Dantzscher and Jean-Luc Cairon will replace Maggie">">Maggie Ethier and Bob">">Bob Peterson as assistant coaches. Ethier, who is expecting her first child at the beginning of September with husband Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre, will move into a volunteer coaching position while Peterson has decided to focus on getting his degree and explore other career option.

"I am looking at both Jamie and Jean-Luc to help with recruiting," says Spini who is going into his 29th year as head coach for the Sun Devils. "Although neither Jamie nor Jean-Luc has had much experience coaching within the NCAA, I feel both will make a huge impact in recruiting locally, nationally and internationally." Download Full Image

Dantzscher comes to Tempe with an impressive gymnastics resume. After competing in the 2000 Olympic Games as a member of Team USA, Dantzscher moved on to have a stellar career at UCLA. Dantzscher was a four-time individual NCAA National Champion while at UCLA and helped lead the Bruins to three NCAA Championships in four years. Dantzscher won the all-around, vault and floor at NCAAs in her sophomore season at UCLA and was the 2003 co-bars champion. She holds the NCAA record of 28 perfect 10s and is the first and only gymnast to have scored a 10.0 in her first-ever collegiate routine.

"Jamie brings winning ways wherever she goes. She is a winner," says Spini. "She is young and vibrant and, as a former NCAA Champion, she knows the system."

Dantzscher has been a club coach for the past seven years. Prior to coming to ASU, she coached at Diamond Elite Gymnastics in Chino, Calif., and has also worked at Club Champion in Pasadena. She has also coached at numerous summer camps. Dantzscher will oversee beam and floor for the Sun Devils.

"Coaching collegiate gymnastics has always been a dream of mine and I am extremely excited for this opportunity," says Dantzscher, "I cannot wait to begin my career with the ASU family and work our way to the top at the NCAA Championships."

Cairon comes to ASU after being one of the country's top club coaches. A native of Forbach, France, Cairon has been involved in gymnastics since he was seven years old. He was a member of the French Olympic team for the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympic Games and holds three national titles (1983, 1984, 1987). Cairon has been a co-owner and coach at Krafft Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1990. Cairon owns a degree in accounting from Forbach University and a first and secondary degree in physical education from French Ministry of Athletics in Antibes.

"Jean-Luc's responsibilities include vault, bars and tumbling," says Spini. "He is a fantastic technician and will help us in international recruiting."

The Sun Devils will return eight gymnasts from last year's squad including All-Pac-10 seniors Ashlee">">Ashlee Hinkle and Tiana">">Tiana Jean.